Energy & climate

Why Europe should change its approach to Azerbaijan

Why Europe should change its approach to Azerbaijan

Rem Korteweg
25 March 2013
The EU has relied on oil and gas from Azerbaijan to reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies since the beginning of the century.
The EU and climate change policy

The EU and climate change policy

Stephen Tindale
15 March 2013
The EU carries more weight in UNFCCC negotiations than the UK would acting alone.
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The EU and energy security

Katinka Barysch
15 March 2013
The EU’s target for 20 per cent reduction in energy demand is non-binding but it does provide incentives for member-states to increase energy efficiency and so lower their overall demand for energy.
Annual Report 2012

Annual report 2012

08 February 2013
Charles Grant analyses Britain's difficult relationship with the EU and looks back on what the CER did in 2012.
Time to stop the EIB's carbon subsidies

Time to stop the EIB's carbon subsidies

Stephen Tindale
20 December 2012
The European Investment Bank (EIB) lends half its annual energy pot to efficiency and renewables. But it is still lending to coal. This is inconsistent with climate policies.
How to expand renewable energy after 2020

How to expand renewable energy after 2020

Stephen Tindale
07 December 2012
The EU should set targets for renewable energy for 2030 and the end of each subsequent decade, to reach full reliance on renewables by 2060.
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How to confront the carbon crunch

Stephen Tindale
15 November 2012
To protect the global climate and European industry, the EU needs a stronger Emissions Trading System and border tax adjustments - as Dieter Helm proposes.
Connecting Europe's energy systems

Connecting Europe's energy systems

Stephen Tindale
01 October 2012
Europe’s energy infrastructure urgently needs to be modernised, to maximise renewable energy use. The Commission’s proposals on infrastructure should be adopted as soon as possible.
Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Stephen Tindale
29 June 2012
The Emissions Trading System must be overhauled. The cap should be lowered, and combined with a price floor and ceiling and border tax adjustments.
Low-carbon energy

How to create a single European electricity market - and subsidise renewables

David Buchan
26 April 2012
Renewable energy needs subsidy. But different national subsidy schemes threaten energy integration. Schemes should be harmonised, even if the amount of subsidy continues to differ.
Energy efficiency: Made in Denmark, exportable to the rest of the EU?

Energy efficiency: Made in Denmark, exportable to the rest of the EU?

Stephen Tindale
11 April 2012
Denmark has Europe's most energy efficient economy. Copenhagen should stand firm behind the Commission's proposals on energy efficiency, which would save billions of euros.
The Commission's energy roadmap is a missed opportunity

The Commission's energy roadmap is a missed opportunity

Stephen Tindale
22 December 2011
Instead of modelling scenarios in its 2050 energy roadmap, the Commission should have identified priorities for 2012 action: energy efficiency, ETS and a 2030 renewables target.
Russia, China and the geopolitics of energy in Central Asia

Russia, China and the geopolitics of energy in Central Asia

Katinka Barysch, Alexandros Petersen
16 November 2011
China is challenging Russia's traditional dominance over Central Asia's oil and gas. The EU can help the Central Asian countries to prevent losing out in a new 'great game'.
EU climate policies without an international framework

EU climate policies without an international framework

Stephen Tindale
21 October 2011
Whatever the outcome of the Durban climate summit, the EU should strengthen energy efficiency policies and the Emissions Trading System, to improve energy security.
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Has Europe given up on fighting climate change?

Stephen Tindale
28 September 2011
The EU has long prided itself on leading international efforts to control climate change. Today, the issue is nowhere near the top of the EU’s agenda, having been eclipsed by the economic downturn and the eurozone debt crisis.
Green, safe, cheap: Where next for EU energy policy?

Green, safe, cheap: Where next for EU energy policy?

Stephen Tindale, Christof van Agt, Václav Bartuška, Katinka Barysch, Jonathan Gaventa, Connie Hedegaard, Dieter Helm, Maïté Jauréguy-Naudin, Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Nick Mabey, Günther Oettinger, Pernille Schiellerup, Stephen Tindale, Frank Umbach, Georg Zachmann
09 September 2011
Is the EU's policy on renewables damaging the single market? Why do Europeans not use energy more efficiently? Is the EU's gas policy too obsessed with Russia?
Repowering communities

Repowering communities: Small-scale solutions to large-scale energy problems Energy policy is at a crossroads

Stephen Tindale, Prashant Vaze
11 July 2011
Attempts to meet targets for carbon emissions, energy security and affordable energy for vulnerable households are all on a trajectory to failure.
Thorium: How to save Europe's nuclear revival

Thorium: How to save Europe's nuclear revival

Stephen Tindale
15 June 2011
The EU should continue to support nuclear power. Existing technologies should generally be used. But thorium liquid fuel reactors – which cannot melt down – should be an exception.
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Carbon capture and storage: EU advancing, but not fast enough

Stephen Tindale
03 June 2011
TGAE report
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an essential low-carbon bridge technology, to be used in the several decades it will take before Europe can be totally reliant on renewable energy.